Revising that old Solr install script

With all the excitement about containers and SaaS and the like, it’s been a while since I’ve spent time worrying about local Solr installs. But recently my good pal Corey Smith pointed out that my old “low-effort Solr Installs” script doesn’t work with recent Solr releases. So I figured I should fix that, because it’s clearly still useful for some people… Continue reading

Peeking into search queries

An issue I’ve bumped into a number of times over the years, is that sometimes developers want to be able to look at the query that got generated when they did something with Sitecore’s ContentSearch APIs. The traditional answer of “go look in the logs” is one way to deal with this, but some recent project work got me wondering if there were alternatives… Continue reading

Symposium Slides: O’ Solr Mio!

This year, my talk at Sitecore Symposium was an introduction to deploying Solr for production use. It covered why you want SolrCloud, what you need to plan for it, and how you can go about installing it. Enough for a beginner to get from a blank Windows Server to running SolrCloud, and Sitecore configured to match.

If you missed my talk, or if you saw it and want to study it further, then you are in luck! Continue reading

Surviving the developers’ Javapocalypse

It’s Christmas, and I’m dreaming of a festive sherry, while I slog through my last working day of the year. So hopefully you can forgive me the flagrant clickbait headline… 😉

But you’d have to have your head in the sand not to have noticed that Oracle are changing the licensing terms for their builds of the Java runtime. They’ve decided that they want people and businesses to pay for the fastest access to support updates for Java. But as Sitecore developers, many of us make use of Solr – which relies on Java. So what can we do? Continue reading

I’m sure my renderings were there yesterday?

As time goes on, something I’ve noticed is that as Sitecore evolves it is taking a greater reliance on search integration – making things like Solr ever more important. And that leads to an exciting new set of issues you come across if, for some reason, your search service is not available.

I wasted some perfectly good development time recently when some of my renderings vanished from published pages, thanks to this. Continue reading